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Spin the Dawn Readalong - Day #1

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HULLO BnB fam! Welcome to the Spin the Dawn readalong! Grab a snuggly pillow and settle down with a beverage of your choice and let's get started on the discussions!

! SPOILER ALERT ! The following post contains spoilers for the chapters 1 to 5. So unless you’ve read them, DON’T PROCEED ! SPOILER ALERT !

-S P O I L E R S-

     Can I just saw how IN LOVE with the writing I am? I mean the writing style is so elegant and Elizabeth Lim stitches (pun very much intended) the words together in such a beautiful manner and I now have a new favourite author thank you very much.

     Okay now the characters! I feel for Maia you guys. Life as a girl in Imperial China is no piece of cake. It's so sad how she can't really be a tailor because she's a girl. I mean to be honest, if she takes over the shop, I think she'd be real good at it but nooo *cries in anger*

     Also losing her older brothers and then Keton losing his leg is just so sad. I actually would have thought Keton died too if it hadn't been for the prologue where she's obviously talking to him. But really, Maia sure fits the role of the tragic hero. This part worried me at first because the hero with the tragic past is such a cliche.

     Okay Calu was SO annoying. Is it just me or did he remind you of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast? Actually he reminds me of quite a few annoying literary characters because let's face it, a LOT of stories have a person like him and ugh we just don't like them!

     I just loved the scene where Maia just chopped off her hair and got ready. And then when Keton learns of her plan, he first is mad but then helps his sister? I just loved that scene. SIBLING LOVE!

      Also I really liked how Maia understands she's not making the decision just for her family but also for herself? I think most characters in books are portrayed utterly selfless in an unbelievable way but Maia accepts the fact that she's also leaving for her sake; so she doesn't have to marry Calu and forget about sewing. GO MAIA!

     Lady Sarnai intrigues me. I know she's super cruel about the contest but I feel ther's more than meets the eye? I mean she is being forced to be with a man she doesn't want to be with; the enemy. She's being forced to adopt a culture and customs that are not her own. I'd be pretty mad too. But I don't think she should take it out on the contestants though. But really, so curious about her. 

THE SCISSORS!! AHHH you guys that was kind of unexpected! AQnd I thik Maia's father knew all about what it could do? And that had made me wonder, did he himself use it to make all his pretty creations???

-L E T    U S   D I S C U S S -

What do you think of the story so far? What do you think is going on at the palace?

Uma @books.bags.burgers  is a crazy albeit nice book dragon who when not decoding the human existence in secret labs, spends the day bemoaning her lack of pastel books and trying to make sure her TBR doesn't kill her overnight.


  • Anasua Mandal

    I love how the author did not wind about unnecessarily and the base was set early on. It gives greater time to build on it (which I hope happens further in).
    Calu disgusted me so much, like ugh!
    Also, the Lord Enchanter somewhat reminds me of a mix of MCU Loki and the Darkling (from the Grishaverse). Can’t wait to know more about him!
    Maia is a very relatable girl, more so because I’ve been told I can’t do things because I’m a girl (and I hope I’m on the path to prove them wrong). I also like how she’s doing it as much for herself as for her family, that’s she’s not a selfless goody-two-shoes.
    Those scissors! If only I had one that would draw my file diagrams for me, I’d be able to spend more time on this book. So magical!

  • Nikita Jhanglani

    Okay, first things first, this story reminds me of so many other stories: Mulan (obviously), Rumpelstiltskin (because tailors and magic), Lady Sarnai has a very GoT vibe (probably because her name is close to Sansa), and, for whatever reason, the emperor is giving me very Beauty and the Beast feels.

    I liked how the story quickly came together in the first few pages. Elizabeth Lim’s writing style is different, making the reviewer in me think a lot more about how something makes me feel. The hair cutting scene, for example. There is no internal monologue, not too much deliberation, just a decision. Now, the author has drawn a premise before, in the scenes with Calu and also in how Maia’s father reacts to every circumstance. While you can almost feel him become even more fragile with each incident, I think the pain is probably too implicit for everybody to catch on. I am pretty sure the author wanted this to feel like a balance between impulse and thoughtfulness, but for some the impulse could overshadow the thoughtfulness.

    I also liked the scene where Lady Sarnai unleashes her anger on the tailors. Surprising, but I think it makes her more real, like a rich shade of grey. She isn’t the damsel in distress, she isn’t on a rampage to kill everyone associated with the emperor. I see her as a girl who has had choices made for her, festered on them for too long, and now needs to vent it out. And even though she is angry and disappointed, she is Lady Sarnai and not the haughty betrothed of the emperor.

    There is obviously a lot going on at the palace than is being told, and I can’t wait for the story to unfold. Each character is more intriguing than the other, and I cannot wait to see how it all unfolds.

  • Bhagyashree Bhat

    Just 5 chapters in and already in love with the story & its characters.
    The prologue itself had me so intrigued about what is going to happen ahead.🤩

    It was great that Maia is not shown as someone who is a completely selfless angel on earth type of MC but as someone who is thinking about her family but also about herself.

    The magical scissor is so interesting. Can not only cut but sew aswell. Also did her father say it was her grandmother’s? 🙀 So curious to know how it actually works & how the scissor came to be with her grandmother.

    I don’t know why but this Master Norbu character is giving me bad vibes. Why is he trying to be so good to her? What is his motive? 🤔

    I am most curious about that mysterious guy who came with the Lady Sarnai. Liking his character already.😁

    Cant wait to read how the story develops & this is just the 1st book in the series.😍


  • Ayman Khan

    I am loving the story so far. It’s like Mulan meets Throne of Glass somehow (because of the contest). I really like Maia. She is not a fool and she knows what she wants to do. She is capable of making her own decisions. Lady Sarnai intrigues me too. I just cant put the book down.

  • Titirsha

    I first thought she might run away just as keton to go and find her brothers. But she didn’t (thankfully). Kalu was seriously another form of Gaston he knew the condition of Maia’s family and was ready to take advantage of it.
    Maia’s chopping of hair and going to palace instead of her father and brother gave me the Mulan vibes. Although it’s going bit different I am guessing thousands of possibilities at a time.
    Lady Sanrai is very intimidating no doubt she’ll not let Maia easily win the contest even though she likes her work. I have a feeling she’s a good guy dressed as a villian.
    And now coming to the scissior I wish I had it. It was absolutely unexpected until I looked back at the book cover. It was there in the front with Maia. I’m intrigued to see what next the scissior is going to do.

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